This morning's City Paper wastes ink and trees and tells us the MNPS School Board opposes vouchers. That's not news. It's more of the same protectionism that is expected from a school board that is all too unwilling to hold 'the professionals' accountable.
According to the story Stacy Campfield's (R-Knoxville) legislation (HB2687) will 'cripple' the system.
What has seriously crippled the public school system is its monopoly status. What has crippled the system is its inability to meet the diverse needs of the students. What has crippled the system is its inability to actually empower parents and aid them in finding the right educational services for their child's needs.
Lisa Hunt, a school board member, said the nine-member body opposes vouchers that allow public school monies to go to private schools.
“Right now, Tennessee is one of the states with the lowest funding for public education, and allowing vouchers would seriously cripple our system,” Hunt said.
This legislation doesn't kick in until the public school system fails. If they'd get their act together they wouldn't need to be concerned about losing students and funding.
and here's an interesting 'coincidence':
The board’s effort comes on the heels of the Tennessee Education Association (TEA) and the Metro Nashville Education Association (MNEA) denouncing the proposed legislation.The MNPS got their marching orders and complied.
I wouldn't have thought that the 'crippled' quote could be topped but School Board Member Marsha Warden managed to do it.
“Our school system provides ample choices for our families to find schools in our district that meet their academic and philosophical needs,” she said. “And there is really no need to move unless your inherent belief is that private schools are just better.”If the system provided 'ample' choice we wouldn't have the abundance of private schools in this area that we do. As it is those private schools are flourishing, expanding and have long waiting lists.
Interestingly, both of these women are NOT up for election this year. I suppose that's why they were willing to be quoted.
Rep. Campfield--This school board does not speak for me. Please, continue in your efforts to ensure that children and their parents have ample choice regarding the education of their children.